PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – On Friday morning, members of the Humane Society of the United States carried 12 puppies back to the kennel that belonged to the late Johnny Bullock. The Mississippi director of the organization said the puppies, some of them as young as five days old, were taken from the Pascagoula kennel this week, without the family's consent.
"We started out with 170 approximately and of that number, about 70 dogs went out randomly in a matter of hours. We've actually had to have security come to stop people from coming to take more out," said Lydia Sattler.
Sattler is urging people who took the dogs without permission to surrender them. Sattler said three of the newborns have already died.
"We're glad that people want to help," said Sattler. "The concern is that they're leaving the mothers behind and they're taking newborn puppies that still have umbilical cords attached, ones that are not able to survive on their own."
That concern for the dogs drew volunteers and veterinarians to the kennel Friday. Pascagoula veterinarian Dr. John Battley helped examine the remaining 122 animals to prepare them for their trip to a Florida shelter.
"They're not in terrible bad condition. The problem here is there are just so many of them in such a crowded area," he said. "It's overcrowded. It's poor sanitation. The animals don't get much socialization, and it's just what you would typically define as a puppy mill."
On Friday, a team from the Humane Society of Broward County, Florida, arrived at the kennel to transport all 122 dogs to the shelter in Fort Lauderdale. There, a clinic staff will examine the animals and the healthy ones will be available for adoption.
"They have great success rate in finding good homes for animals," said Sattler. "The dogs are going to be taken care of and that they're going to be safe."
Most of the dogs at the kennel were Miniature Pinschers. A few were Pit Bulls. The rest were mixed breeds. They could be ready for adoption as early as Sunday, depending on their condition.